27 Oct 2008

Silver Ferns could end year on top

9:11 am on 27 October 2008

The Silver Ferns netball coach Ruth Aitken says applying more pressure and spoiling Australia's ball led to their win over Australia in Melbourne.

New Zealand can now claim the title of world No.1 with a win in the final Test in Brisbane on Sunday.

The Silver Ferns fought back from an eight-goal deficit after a horror first quarter to win 46-41.

Australia desperately missed shooting duo skipper Sharelle McMahon and fellow veteran Cath Cox, both out with injury.

By half time the home side's lead was just one goal, 21-20, with van Dyk finding her range to contribute nine goals from 10 attempts.

New Zealand hit the front just over a minute into the second half and extended their lead to four points before Australia rallied to end the period down 33-31.

They had their chances in the final quarter but the Silver Ferns pulled away whenever they got close.